I have mixed feelings about the Field Club Trail. As "Green Tunnel" implies, its lush canopy creates a scenic path, and the shade is nice on a sunny day. It's also a great N/S bypass if you want to move between Leavenworth/downtown and points south. When it's connected up to the Keystone (by next summer?), it'll be a great route from downtown/midtown to points west, and basically anywhere the Keystone/Papio trails go.On the flip side, it can get creepy, especially in the wee/late hours. If I were a malefactor looking to jump a runner or a cyclist, I'd have no problem staking out a blind turn and popping out for a nasty surprise.Also, with this being a trail connecting dense neighborhoods, dog walkers and stroller pushers can impede speedy bicycle transit.That being said, I still like this trail, and feel it's a vital link in the development of a bike route system in Omaha.Swanson sounds like a lot of fun. I've hiked it many times, and have placed geocaches and letterboxes there. I wonder if my cross bike would be appropriate for some of the trails there. I don't have a MTB.
You can manage pretty good on a cross bike at Swanson. Just have to watch out for the occasional nasty root. Give it a go.
South Suburban Parks in metro Denver actually enforces a speed limits on bikes. 15 mph. And yes they use radar and tax payer dollars to do it. I'd not complain about a few homeless wierdos and a couple of strollers. It could be worse... with gestapo tactics of park rangers apprehending dangerous criminals in lycra. http://m.9news.com/news.jsp?key=185216
Speed limits in Boulder too.
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